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Celebrate Elvis Week at DL Library

‘Elvis in Vegas’ by Paul Lichter is a comprehensive look at the iconic entertainer’s years in Las Vegas, from his first appearance there through his marriage and more. SUBMITTED PHOTO

There’s no time like the present to pass wonderful memories on to the next generation; and who doesn’t have wonderful memories associated with Elvis Presley’s talent. 

Elvis Week is Aug. 10-17. Your library has Elvis movies, CD sound recordings, and books about his life and music that all ages will enjoy.

Celebrate Elvis Week with materials from your Library!

“Elvis in Vegas,” by Paul Lichter.

If Elvis Presley had been a painter, his canvas would have been Las Vegas.

From his first appearance there at the age of twenty-one, to his marriage to Priscilla in 1967 at the Aladdin Hotel, to the annual ‘Elvis Festivals’ of the 1970s, Las Vegas witnessed the triumphs and tragedies of his life.

With hundreds of never-before-seen photographs of Elvis’s Vegas years, this book is the key volume in any Elvis aficionado’s collection.

In addition to the images published here for the first time, noted expert Paul Lichter has compiled setlists, news clippings, and interviews to fully tell the story of when The King came to Vegas.

“Elvis 75,” CD sound recording by Elvis Presley.

Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager.

In 1954, Elvis began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation.

With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

Library Happenings

Storytime continues at the library with Thursday Morning Adventures and Saturday Stories on Thursday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

These events are geared towards preschoolers, homeschoolers and families. A different theme is explored each week with books, songs, fingerplays, a flannelboard story, puppets and a related craft. Fingerplay sheets and coloring pages are available to take home each week. Daycares and other larger groups are asked to call ahead to ensure adequate supplies.

Sizzlin’ Summer Reads adult reading program runs until Saturday, Aug 16.

Fill out an entry form for every four books you read for a chance to win prizes!

Participants must be 18 or older. Keep on reading!

Remember that you can “Book A Librarian” anytime, by appointment, for Individualized computer training.

Available topics include: downloading ebooks to Kindle, Nook, iPad; Microsoft Office; using the LARL catalog; searching with Google; using the library’s genealogy databases – Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest; and more! Contact the library for more information or to set up an appointment.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.